Newsletter 21# – 1 March 2015
New Hoyland Group
On Thursday evening, it was Deja Vu all over again, as we attended the inaugural meeting of
the Save Hoyland Common Green Belt group:
Same old problem of lack of information, confusion and rumors, some of which were
dispelled by Eric’s presentation of KIG’s origins and activity. Their issues in land terms are
different to ours, but the slides shown by their spokesperson gave a graphic illustration of
along the same lines. That makes at least four groups actively challenging the Local Plan
A few days ago we received an invitation from Spawforths to attend their offices, to discuss
their latest Masterplan:
“The Barnsley West Consortium would like to share the latest information on Barnsley West
with key stakeholders.” (but you can come, too).
We wrote to all our councillors, asking if they had been invited. Their responses? Cue the
After due consideration, we decided that The “Barnsley West Consortium” have nothing to say
that we want to hear and declined their offer, but not before we had been referred to their
updated Barnsley West website:
where the latest plan is included. This has been copied and marked up for your information.
On their website, alongside the plan, they say:
“As part of the Council’s Local Plan consultation process, the Barnsley West Consortium has
submitted site specific and policy representations as well as the Planning and Design
Framework to support the allocation of Barnsley West. A summary of the information
included within the Planning and Design Framework is already available for viewing on the
Barnsley West website.”
This text may have come from a press release. The “information included within …” is just the
plan, though it sounds a lot grander. Note the above highlighted text. Funnily enough, there
is no submission in the Draft Local Plan Consultation comments from this “Consortium”. This
suggests to us that it’s all cut and dried. Why go through all the hassle of making
comments and suggestions on something that’s already agreed in detail?
A quick look at the new plan. This and the 2014 version are included for comparison
Working from the north, you can see that the industrial units have been moved from St Johns
Avenue, as has the proposed school. Redbrook residents are treated to even more industrial
units behind St Thomas’ Road. The “District Centre” is bigger.
The school would be located by Welland Court, with access through the gap there (and where
the Hi-viz-jacketed people were seen some weeks ago – it all adds up).
South of Hermit Lane, nothing much changes, except the shape of the housing plot behind
Wharfedale Road, where opposition is sure to be bought off by the addition of a “Community
Green Space” . In this revised proposal, access would solely be via a widened Farmhouse
Lane. I wonder if we’ll get a mini roundabout at the junction with Wharfedale Road/Pogmoor
We’re also aware that Spawforths are in the process of meeting residents who left their details
at the July 2014 drop in at Barugh Green WMC. Their apparent aim is to try to reassure them
that it’s not as bad as it looks. It is. It’s even worse. It’s obvious from activity elsewhere in
the country and even round Barnsley, that promises made at this stage are utterly
worthless. It’s only when you see actual planning applications that you’ll see how bad it can
get, but by then it’ll be too late.
In other news
As if we don’t have enough to be concerned about, the latest news from Sheffield is very
Check out the heading – “bidding frenzy”. It’s starting all over again! If the landowners on site
MU1 haven’t already signed contracts, they’ll be rubbing their hands at the thought of being
able to push up the price of their land even further. So will the Council, at the thought of how
much extra they’ll be able to cream off the top. What happens later, though, when the
landowners and front-enders have made their money and disappeared and the inflated cost of
the housing and employment sites is found to be unaffordable? Cue pictures of low-rise
versions of City Reach dotted around the site of what was once productive Green Belt land?
Pogmoor Area Residents Association
Those who have been with us from the beginning will know that our group was initially a sub-
group of Pogmoor Area Residents Association, without whose initiative KIG may not have got
off the ground as quickly or effectively.
They’ve written to us, saying: “… As you know we formed following our campaign against the
proposed gypsy site and that is why all our committee live within a close proximity to the West
road area. Ideally we would now like members with a wider geographical spread of Pogmoor
than we have at present. If someone would like further information I would be happy to meet
They are also looking for residents to consider joining their committee. Here’s their website:
https://pogmoorara.wordpress.com/ Contact: email@example.com
You’ll see from that that their next meeting is a General Meeting where they invite all residents
in the Pogmoor area to come along and keep up to date with present and future community
It’s on Thursday 12th March 2015 at 7.30pm, in the Edith Perry Room at the Hospital.
Draft Local Plan Comments
We continue to monitor the site and will keep you informed. Comments are not yet fully
processed. As reported earlier, BMBC will advise when all inputting is complete.
Meanwhile, if you wish to keep tabs yourselves and are not sure how, we can re-issue the
tutorial on request.